F21 Royal Blue Pleated Button Down (gift, 2013) / Zara Suit Pants (2010) / Ann Taylor Perfect Leather Pumps (2011) / Pearl Studs (gift, 2006) / Watch from Pechanga Casino (gift, 2011) / Silver and Gold Link Bracelet (gift, 2011) / Coach Madison Chain Crossbody (2014)
Royal Blue Pleated Button Down
This button down was purchased through a birthday gift card from friend Mia. I had gone shopping with both Mia and Lola and I wasn’t going to get this button down because the color was a bit much for work, but Mia persuaded me to get it. I’ve worn it a handful of times, but usually with a sweater over it. This was, I think, the second time I’ve worn the button down on its own. Though it looks purple in the picture, it actually is more of an almost cobalt blue.
I wore the above outfit to attend a networking event. Although I would have usually worn a more conservative outfit (i.e. a suit, or a sheath dress with a blazer), I decided to take a few more liberties this time around.
I’ve decided not to do a 30 x 30 remix, but in drafting a few posts with updates on what I’ve spent on fashion-related purchases over the years, I’ve realized that I don’t have outfit pictures including some of the items.
Therefore, I’ll be doing a variety of posts to showcase certain items that have not made it to the blog yet. This button down was a great way to re-introduce the “Inverting the Pareto Principle” series. As a side note, wow, has my style changed from that last link to my purple, pink, and orange outfit.
Ann Taylor Perfect Leather Pumps
Surprisingly, my Ann Taylor Perfect Leather Pumps have never been featured despite wearing them so much that the label is close to falling off. Even though pointy-toed pumps are making a comeback and despite my own preference for pointy-toed shoes, the almond-shape of the AT PPs are so flattering.
Watch from Pechanga Casino
The Pechanga watch has been worn before. A more detailed shot below:
It’s a sturdy watch. My parents received it as a gift from Pechanga Casino and let me take it like the black aviator sunglasses that they also got as a gift from the casino. Sadly, I lost my sunglasses while I went on a cruise (my first ever cruise!), but at least I still have my Pechanga watch!
Coach Madison Chain Crossbody
The Coach bag above is what I finally decided to get after contemplating a few basics. When I had looked online, the bag was only available in the red and off-white color, but now it’s available in a burnt camel color and pink as well. I remember thinking that I wish that Coach had it in black as well and found that it was offered in black but that it was no longer in stock.
On a recent shopping trip, I was happy to find that the black was available in store and there was a promotion, so I was able to get it for 20% off.
I chose this bag, which I call Maddie, over the Talbot’s bag because it was what I was originally looking for when I was looking for a black crossbody–gold hardware, structured shape, and just the right amount of metallic accent that I had wanted. The Talbot’s bag had a nice drop–similar to the Coach bag, but the Talbot’s bag had an indentation in the middle when the bag was full and I wanted a sleeker bag.
Maddie is my last purchase for 2014, so no new replacement black flats for me. I was looking for replacement flats because the foam on the bottom of one of the flats had become disengaged, but I was able to fix that problem by using some superglue, so those flats should last for another season or two, or who knows, maybe even a couple more years.
Any future Friday infatuation posts will be items that I would love to purchase, but will wait until 2015 to see if the desire is still there. In reviewing the items I have bought over the last three years (and have received either through gifts, hand-me-downs, or girls’ exchanges), I noticed that I have a lot of clothes I haven’t worn, as is often the case, so I’ll be going through many closet rotations.
Hope you’re all having a great weekend!